Margaret Alice Second

(24 January 1961 / South Africa)

My Melody For Today (REVISED)


Bought flowers, yellow petals flaming orange,
toys & flowers set my mind afire, had to remove
two dolls and a fairy from crowded work space,
but these orange petals stand for desire

An anti-diminutives campaign wants signs of
childishness gone, thus I’m almost illegal,
but toys keep wonderment alive in my heart
so I refuse a more sophisticated icon

Cognoscenti decided cynicism is the sign of
emotional maturity, most accept conspiracy
as a realistic sound – I remain with Alice in
Wonderland and Le Petit Prince

And offer Mary Poppins’ teaspoons of sugar
to long-suffering colleagues listening to tunes
I’m humming in the office – Why does the sun
keep on shining? – my melody for today

3 May 2013


ORIGINAL:

Bought a small bunch of flowers, yellow petals
flaming into orange, had to remove my fairy and
two dolls from my work space overflowing with
flowers and toys which set my mind on fire, the
orange petals symbolise desire

A campaign against diminutives wants to remove
signs of childishness, thus I’m almost illegal - but
toys keep enthusiasm and wonderment alive in
my heart so I refuse to give up anything for a
more sophisticated image

Cognoscenti decided a strong dose of cynicism
is the only sign of emotional maturity, while the
majority accepts this conspiracy to achieve a
realistic sound, I remain in Wonderland with
Alice and Le Petit Prince

And offer Mary Poppins’ teaspoon of sugar
to my long-suffering colleagues who have
to listen to the tunes I’m humming in the
office - Why does the sun keep on
shining? - my melody for today

Submitted: Friday, May 03, 2013
Edited: Saturday, May 04, 2013
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